As a musician, Chris started out in the infancy of the jazz/funk idiom in San Diego with Motherlode in the early 90's along with musicians Robert Walter, Cheme, Gastelum, Steve Haney, Brian Jordan, Zak Najor. The introduction of DJ Greyboy set Chris on the path of a crash course in the 60's -70's Blue Note – Prestige catalogue of Soul Jazz stylings. Always a big fan of James Brown & The Meters, this was a whole new world of learning. For DJ Greyboy's vast LP collection, I will always be in debt to his sharing & tutoring. This set the wheels for the formation of The Greyboy Allstars in December of 1993. Weekly gigs at the Green Circle bar in San Diego honed our chops and writing for the beginnings of 1994 -1995, as well as 2 European jaunts. The band managed to carve out a loyal fan base along with yearly album releases, and a film score (Zero Effect) before disbanding in May of 1998. Chris did stints as bassist for the fledgling Karl Denson's Tiny Universe from 1999 to 2000 & Robert Walter's 20th Congress from 2001 to 2003. From there, Chris delved into TV & Film work courtesy of Michael Andrews (a.k.a. Elgin Park).
Film & TV credits include Out Cold (Disney), Nothing (Indie), Stuck On You, Wonderfalls (WB), Starsky And Hutch, 40 Year Old Virgin. Also, Chris provided bass duties for Inara George in April 2004 for her indie release "All Rise" along with Michael Andrews, Greg Kurstin (Beck), Pete McNeal (Cake, Breakestra), and Jackson Browne guesting on backing vocals, as well as extensive local & national touring in 2005. Throughout all this time from 1999 -2005, Chris has done small one-off shows with The Greyboy Allstars, and has established himself as a professional collector & seller/dealer of rare out-of-print vinyl records with a personal penchant for 50's -70's film soundtrack LP's.
Present day brings back the full-fledged union of The Greyboy Allstars with a full length album forthcoming. Chris has also in the last year formed, (along with 20th Congress mates saxman Cheme Gastelum & percussionist Chuck Prada), two separate Jazz/Funk/Soul supergroups (Fully Loaded & Motherload) featuring guitarist Will Bernard (TJ Kirk, Motherbug, Frequinox, Stanton Moore), keyboardist Eric Levy (Garage Mahal), drummer Adam Deitch(Average White Band, John Scofield), vocalists & keyboardist Anthony Ferrell (Greyhounds), guitarist Brian Jordan (KDTU, Banyan), and drummer John Staten (KDTU).
Robert Walter is an accomplished keyboardist and composer. He plays Piano, Hammond B3 and Fender Rhodes. While touring extensively in the US and Europe, he has worked as a leader and sideman with many of the giants of American jazz and funk music. As a member of the classic band the Greyboy Allstars he has built a large and devoted following. He also works as a session musician, recording and collaborating with a diverse group of artists and on many film scores. Robert grew up in San Diego, California where he studied music from the age of 7 and began performing in bands as a teenager. He helped form the the Greyboy Allstars in 1993 with Karl Denson, Elgin Park, Chris Stillwell, Zak Najor and DJ Greyboy. Influenced by soul-jazz and funk records from the 1960s and 70s, the band juxtaposed jazz improvisation and dance music. They continue to record and perform to a committed fan base. The Greyboy Allstars also served as the band for Robert’s first solo record, Spirit of ’70 which also featured saxophonist and Miles Davis sideman Gary Bartz. In the late 1990’s Robert started his own group Robert Walter’s 20th Congress to showcase his composing. The band became known for it’s live performances and toured throughout the 90s and 2000’s. They recorded two albums, Money Shot and Giving Up the Ghost. Band members included Cochemea Gastelum(Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings), Stanton Moore(Galactic), Joe Russo(Furthur, Benevento-Russo Duo), George Sluppick(Mofro, Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Mike Fratantuno(Black-eyed Peas), Chuck Prada, and Will Bernard. During this period Robert also recorded There Goes the Neighborhood with jazz-funk pioneers Harvey Mason, Chuck Rainey, Phil Upchurch and Red Holloway. Robert relocated to New Orleans in 2004 and became immersed the vibrant local music scene. He began collaborating with Johnny Vidacovich, Stanton Moore, James Singleton, George Porter Jr., and many more. While in New Orleans he recorded Super Heavy Organ and Cure All as well as albums with Stanton Moore(III, Emphasis on Parenthesis, Groove Alchemy) and Anders Osborne(American Patchwork). Robert currently lives in Los Angeles where he works on film music with composer Michael Andrews. They have done scores for Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher, Walk Hard(the Dewey Cox Story) Cyrus, Jeff Who lives at Home, She’s Out of Your League, 5 Year Engagement and the title song for the Fox comedy The New Girl(with Zooey Deschanel).
There is no denying that Chuck Prada's infectious groove will touch anyone and everyone, even the hard of hearing. It's no wonder that articles have been written about his fiery percussion style in publications like Roland (Beat Pharmacie, which include members of Black Eyed Peas & Macy Gray), Jazz Times (organ virtuoso Robert Walters from Greyboy All-Stars) & Modern Drummer (Robert Walter's Money Shot Album- featuring Stanton Moore of Galactic).
It is evident that his ambition, high driven energy and love for playing music will move you.
i was born in baton rouge, la. I play drums and music.